Happy New Year! – Rosh Hashanah 5782

Warm greetings to everyone. 

Jay joins me in wishing all of you a very special, happy and sweet New Year.

“They will follow the Lord; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.“ Hosea 11:10

I want to begin with this amazing news of Jews returning to Israel from the nations as never before. Look at these statistics, just in from Howard Flower who heads up ‘Aliyah” for the International Christian Embassy – Jerusalem. One of their main thrusts has always been to help Israel bring her sons and daughters home. Just look at the increases of returning Jews from across the world. All are up! Venezuela: 50%, Argentina: 70%, USA: 88%, France: 137%, Britain: 64%

I personally believe this to be the greatest prophetic sign to the world today. Jesus said: “The great trumpet [Shofar] will sound, and he will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other.” Matt. 24:31

Father God is faithful to his written Word – The Bible. This call is very dear to our hearts. Jay and I with our young sons were pioneer fishers, in the 1970’s when we visited and encouraged Jews on every continent to return home. Latterly, we helped the Jewish and Christian Communities bring Jews home via Jay’s historic films, Apples of Gold and Gates of Brass. Fishers and Hunters my first book tells a little of the story.

What does Rosh Hashana 5782 mean prophetically?

It is to be a year when the strength or power of an ox will be given to God’s servants to carry the glory of HIS Presence. God’s Spirit will tabernacle in and through us in new strength and joy for His glory. See Numbers 7:1-5

The days of introspection and repentance culminate on Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. I give thanks everyday that I don’t have to witness the slaughter of an innocent animal to atone for my sin. I see the ancient temple as a slaughter house with endless rivers of blood flowing down the Kidron valley. David perfected praise and worship in the tabernacle, before Solomon’s Temple. “On the last day, that great day of the feast Jesus stood and cried out, “If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. He that believes in Me as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37

Our most favorite celebration is the joyous Feast of Tabernacles or Succot. Our custom has been to build a flimsy structure in the garden, like a play house with cloth sides and tree branches for a roof. We see the stars peeking through at night and we even sleep there on warm evenings. It is a ‘show and tell’ reminding us WHO is actually in charge of everything and WHO waits to be invited into our fragile lives to “tabernacle” with each of us. It is humbling to take time to ponder just how weak we all are without the “stuff” that chokes so many of our lives. Family and friends always join in celebration at this harvest season.The pomegranates are ripe and filled with ruby red seeds that represent the Word of God. If left on the tree, its skin will burst spewing seeds into the surrounding ground. “Oohfarratzata” in Hebrew means ‘breaking forth’, an example of what the Word should be in our own lives.

Afghanistan Refugees 

Fifty years ago, Jay and I, and son David 2.5, flew from Manila into Hong Kong. The following day our second son, James Christian was born. On his 3rd day we flew into Rangoon, Myanmar, Burma at the time, which was in the throes of a military coup. On Chris’ 5th day we flew on into Calcutta where we caught a 3rd class train to New Delhi. We travelled overland by bus into Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran on to Turkey. From Istanbul we caught the Orient Express train up through the Balkans and Austria to Luxembourg. It truly was the journey of a life time and you will be able to read about it is Jay’s upcoming book “Miracles Among the Nations”. At that time, spring 1971, the USSR was running the show in Kabul. I remember, they bulldozed down the American Protestant Church in Kabul. The US was backing Al Qaida back then? History is stranger than fiction and sadly keeps repeating itself.  Some Taliban leaders today served in Kabul at that time. The current leader of the Taliban was releasedfrom Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay prison by former President Barack Obama in a prisoner swap deal!!

Fast forward fifty very sad and destructive years and we have arrived at the cost of underestimating one’s enemy. America’s longest 20 year war bred desertion, destruction, danger as death stalks Afghanistan today. China, Russia, Pakistan and Canada are among the 14 remaining Embassies in Kabul today. The horrific T.V. clips show Americans and their Afghan sponsors at the mercy of the monstrous Taliban today. Where is America’s culpability? It is chillingly sinister. It does not bode well for anyone. Where does Jerusalem fit with the radical Taliban in Kabul? 

Israel’s Future?

Radical Islam is salivating over the Temple Mount and all of Jerusalem.

Just days ago, “Palestinian Islamic scholar Sheikh Issam Amira called upon the Taliban to declare a Caliphate and conquer and liberate Jerusalem”. EMRI TV

Will Israel recover from the Netanyahu years of deception? Example: China takes over our Haifa and Ashkelon ports as of Oct 1st for the next 25 LONG years. In our neighborhoods, high definition cameras trace our movements 27/7 using face-recognition technology. There is no inward or outward movement on our borders. Pray for Israel. What you see is not what you get, unfortunately.

The Prophets should be weeping.

We need ‘discernment’ to know the times in which we live and who and what to listen to. The LORD gave this word to Jay in 1976 and it has come to pass many many times in our lives. “When others are laughing, you will be weeping, and when you are weeping, others will be laughing.” To see with the eyes of the Spirit of God and act in obedience is an art.

Walk in My footsteps!” 

We always seem out of step with the world but strive to stay in close touch with headquarters – Heaven! These are the “Days of AWE” all right. It’s a time for great repentance and spiritual warfare. Learning the timing of the Holy Spirit is vital. In mid-August I was completely broken for a period of days. I had to spend time in private supplicating and interceding. I felt like my heart was breaking. There was no reason in the natural, but I carried the burden for days until it lifted. Only, now I understand. Heaven searches the earth for those who will stand in the gap in devastating times. These are days when man is held in the balance and found wanting. So many world leaders are like empty shells. How drastic and tragic for their citizens first and others because of the tightening global grip on all populations.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you .” Hosea 4:6

My prayer is for Jews and Christians, the people of the Covenant among the nations to make the difference. First, we must desire God’s Presence, and willingly partaker of His principles and truth.

“Arise shine, for your Light has come…” my prayer this 5782.


COVID never left … vaccine or no; it continues to grow. What a perfect bio-weapon to disrupt every life. What a perfect scheme to divide those that take the ‘jab’ from those who choose not to. What a perfect system to conquer inordinate control and finances. What none of us want to acknowledge is that we have been lied to, even duped if you will! Pfizer have stated openly that Israel is their ‘laboratory’ for COVID. What are they doing with the information they receive? This is not a happy story, for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated alike. Today it is impossible to leave Israel and no entry is permitted for the unvaccinated.

“Israel’s COVID death toll was 500 this August. Health Ministry 

Israel has taken draconian measures to discipline the unvaccinated, isolating them from society. For example, the unvaccinated are forbidden to swim in public pools, or take driving lessons. A friend prayed: “What are You going to do for me Jesus?” She felt encouraged to go to the local Emergency and ask for a blood test. (She is a retired nurse.) A few hours later the nurse called and demanded. “When did you have COVID?”

“I was very ill in December of 2019.”

Well, you have had COVID, and have developed antigens. We will see that you get the Green Passport.”

So now she is being permitted to move in society after almost two years.  

The Workplace in Israel:

Teachers, doctors, nurses and caregivers, will only be granted entry to their workplaces IF  they have documentation showing they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the virus or test

negative for the virus within the past 72 hrs.

Officials also revealed that, starting October 1, the “Green Passport” system which allows entry to most public places to the vaccinated or recovered, will only apply for six months following either the second or third dose. Then what?

This just in from Australia

“I am a career nurse just one of many others who are being bullied into taking the vaccination. I am not ready for it, nor do I want it at all. I will lose my job after the 30th September. Pray for me.” K.E.

W.H.O. 4.5 million have died of COVID worldwide. 

In closing, “ Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Be on the alert because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to the pulling down of strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4,5.

My dear friends: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  

 Meridel Rawlings

Meridel Rawlings Ph.D., Box 84156, Mevasseret Zion, 9079097 Israel.

The Photo at the top by Igal Ness on Unsplash